January
19
2019

The Hidden Stories of Those Around Us

Each one of us has a story. How much of your story do those around you know? Earlier this week, I boarded the 7:15a train to Washington, D.C. from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. As I do regularly, I found a seat, opened my laptop, turned up the volume in my headphones, and got connected so tha...

January
12
2019

Stop Celebrating Low-Level Learning

In the spring of 2002, I was teaching 4th grade in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a teacher in my second year, my classroom had a 1:1 student-to-device ratio. That’s right, in 2002, 17 years ago, we were 1:1. Palm Pilots. Yes, Palm Pilots. Remember those things? Image Credit: The Morning Call,...

January
01
2019

In the News…2019

January K12 Education Paves Its Own Path, District Administration Magazine, Link Selecting Materials in the Age of Curriculum Renaissance, Future Ready Schools Webinar, Link FETC Presenter Preview: Tom Murray, EdCircuit, Link Empowered Teachers and Students: Technology Best Used, Keystone Education...

December
29
2018

How Do You Model Risk-Taking?

I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was looking back through my notes as I sat next to her in a post-observation meeting, about to give feedback on the lesson from the day before. Two days earlier, I had run our faculty meeting. As a principal early in my career, so many of these meetings loo...

December
22
2018

The Work You Do Has Power

Blockbuster.  Netflix.Toys ‘R’ Us.  Amazon.Radio Shack.  Amazon.Kmart.  Amazon.Taxicab. Uber. LyftNewspapers. Facebook. Instagram. Snapchat. YouTube. On demand content.…and now Sears.  Amazon. Advances in technology are disrupting almost every industry, and...

December
15
2018

Overcoming Social Media Fears

Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Amy Fast at one of our Future Ready Institutes. Amy is an awesome High School Assistant Principal from Oregon and is the type of school leader that leverages social media in her daily work; to both share the incredible things that happen in he...

December
08
2018

Are You In Your Own Way?

I often wonder how many times it’s been me. The roadblock. The great idea diverter. The dream killer. The innovation crusher. How many times has it been my own lens that has gotten in the way? …and I never even realized it? I honestly believe no educator gets up in the morning and heads...

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